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Summary

Even a hard man needs a soft side.
Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung.
He doesn't need a kitten.
He doesn't need a pregnant cousin.
He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista and part-time pet portraitist who fills his house and his life with too much color, too much chaos, and too many secrets.
He's getting them anyway.
©2018 Rosalind James (P)2018 Rosalind James
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5 out of 5 stars
By Giggle6666 on 17-04-18

Bittersweet Romance excellent performance

Emma Wilder really brought the characters in this book to life. This book really was an escape!
The story itself was really engaging I know anyone listening will fall in love with Marko, Nyree and Ella.
A really great story about the bittersweetness of growing up , making life's hard choices and falling in love.
Plenty of family drama with a few rugby players thrown in . Really really engaging book.



I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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5 out of 5 stars
By KathyW, UK on 06-04-18

Brilliant (as usual)!

Absolutely loved this story. I think perhaps it's my favourite of the series. Absolutely hysterical wedding scene, funnier to listen to than read, and the Ella and Josie 'interview' and last chapters had me weeping. Definitely be re-listening to this in due course. I like this narrator very much as well.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DZA One on 16-04-18

Knitting Bag + Rugby Player = A Great Yarn!

What other book might you compare Just Say (Hell) No to and why?

My favorite by Rosalind has been Just Good Friends --- This just found a spot right next to it! Rosalind - without being preachy - touched on multi-racial parentage, teenage pregnancy and adoption situations. It was a beautiful story filled with humor and tender moments.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several moments that I enjoyed: Marco using a knitting bag along side the head of a snarky young team-member not willing to settle down (who takes their knitting bag into a pub at 2am??); the gray kitten that adopted Marco and would not take no-I-don't-like-animals as an answer; the loving Tarot-card-reading-mother; the same snarky young teammate that falls sweetly for Marco's pregnant teenage cousin; and finally, Nyree's journey from gawky teenager with a crush on Marco to a beautiful spirited woman that finds a rich mature love with the adult Marco. That's only to name a few! You'll have to read it for yourself to find out the rest!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Coming from a mixed heritage - I empathized with Marco's anxiousness regarding how Nyree would react to his mixed heritage when he introduces her to his grandmother. When his young cousin finally finds the right adoptive family for her babies, the scene was so well written and tender that I couldn't help my tears.

Any additional comments?

Rosalind has her own distinct writing style. She mixes fantasy with a good dose of reality backed with research making the story more believable - numerous times I have thought "I've had that happen!" (minus the hunky AB, of course).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 15-04-18

Such a great story!

Off the bat, I need to say that I was given a complimentary audio book to review, but my opinions are my own and no other compensation was offered. That being said, I love this fantastic story & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!
Nyree first met Markus when she was an awkward 15 year old, living with her mom and new stepdad in an unfamiliar place and he was a 19 year rookie rugby player on the cusp of a new career. Fast forward many years and Nyree is an under-employed artist who still has a massive (and unwelcome) crush on Markus, still the professional athlete, who doesn’t recognize her when they literally bump into one another while jogging. Other than the regular themes of second chances and other “standard” romantic themes, there are also some pretty serious topics in this book — domestic violence, teen pregnancy, racism, sexism/misogyny, infertility, and adoption. There were a few sex scenes that would make me rate this book for adults only, but it’s not erotica, the scenes are few and definitely part of the book — it would make it an R rating, in my opinion.
This book is part of the Escape to New Zealand series and there are characters that you will recognize from previous books, but it can easily stand alone. All in all, it’s another winner from Rosalind James. Loved it!

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